The art of Kung Fu has a strong connection to nature. One of the abundant beauties found in nature is a variety of animals. The five basic animals of Shaolin Kung Fu (Leopard, Snake, Tiger, Crane, and Dragon) each lend a certain individual spirit and attitude to the practice. .
The first Shaolin animal is Leopard. The leopard attacks with stealth often ambushing its prey by leaping down from above. Leopard fighting emphasizes speed, directness, and rhythm. When the leopard form is performed, it is characterized by quick bursting movements that employ a fast flurry of leopard paw striking combinations.